Lorien Broadwater and Grace Nucifora recently travelled to Brisbane to compete in the State Finals for Wearable Art after Lorien placed first and Grace third at the Cairns Show last month.
At the State Finals in Brisbane, Lorien received a third place and Grace was State Champion.
The outfits were constructed by recycling denim jeans from the op shop. The students dissected the jeans, using all parts, zips, panels and pockets. Large panels were cut into strips or used as panels for bodices. Students were taught Shibori bleaching methods inspired local Cairns artist India Collins.
Grace’s piece was inspired by the ancient female warrior Boudica. Grace’s outfit had seven components and incorporated an array of recycled materials and techniques.
Lorien’s outfit was inspired by her love of Irish dancing. She focused on the pockets and zips of jeans to create a full skirt. Her work was embellished with silver jewels. Lorien performed an Irish dance whilst modelling her outfit.
Both of the girls are looking forward to competing in the State finals again next year at the Ekka. Congratulations girls!